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9:35 PM ET, March 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Erickson joins the Best Political Team  —  Erick Erickson has joined CNN.  —  (CNN) - Prominent conservative commentator and editor Erick Erickson will join CNN as a political contributor, appearing primarily on CNN's new show John King, USA¸ the network announced Tuesday.
Eve Conant / The Gaggle:
How Will Conservative Bloggers Attack the Mainstream Media Once the Networks Start Hiring Them?  —  Prominent commentator Erick Erickson will join CNN, the network announced Tuesday, welcoming the “self-described ‘obsessive news junkie’ ” to their team.
Discussion: TVNewser
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
What was CNN thinking with latest hire?
Monica Guzman / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
New media ventures blossom in Seattle  —  News is ever-changing, and the business of covering it is growing — especially in Seattle.  —  On Thursday, marks a year as an online-only Web site.  It emerged as a successor after the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper ceased publication on March 17, 2009.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Richard Rosenblatt, CEO Of Demand Media, On Bradford's Hiring And Much More  —  As luck would have it, I was on my way to meet with Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt and key members of his team at the company's Austin offices when the rumors surfaced about Joanne Bradford leaving Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) for the start-up.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and MediaPost
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Deadline Panic at AOL Over Hipster Contributors  —  AOL hired an army of underemployed music lovers to interview bands at South by Southwest.  But the citizen journalists, paid $50 per story, are missing their deadlines, so AOL sent a panicked mass email (below).
Mike Taylor / FishBowlNY:
New York Observer to Relaunch ‘Media Mob’ Blog  —  The New York Observer will be relaunching its “Media Mob” blog tonight under the name “Media Mob With Koblin and Gillette,” FishbowlNY has learned.  —  As the name indicates, the new vertical will prominently feature print media reporter John Koblin …
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Jason Fell / Folio:
Publishers Make, Save Money Through Partnerships  —  In tough times, some publishers lean on each other to get by.  —  The business of magazine publishing isn't what it was five years ago.  On the consumer side, publishers saw advertising pages slide 25.6 percent in 2009 …
Discussion: The Wire
Jason Fell / Folio:
Trade Magazine Ad Pages Fell Nearly 30 Percent Last Year  —  B-to-b titles fared only slightly worse than consumer counterparts.  —  The advertising fallout that pummeled consumer magazines in 2009 also hammered b-to-b magazines.  Advertising pages for trade magazines declined 28.6 percent compared …
Discussion: The Wire and FishBowlNY
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
Opening up YouTube to new display advertisers  —  One of our goals is to democratize access to display advertising and make it accessible and open — like search advertising — so new advertisers can participate easily.  We launched Display Ad Builder in 2008 to help businesses easily set up and run display ad campaigns.
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
The future of display advertising
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Gannett says no furloughs in second quarter  — reports Gannett community papers division employees making more than $90,000 a year will be required to take at least one furlough week during the second quarter, but company spokeswoman Robin Pence says that's incorrect.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Fox News To Conduct “Extended, Exclusive” Interview With Pres. Obama  —  While Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks “Deem and Pass,” President Barack Obama is going a different route - he's talking to Fox News.  —  In an “extended, exclusive” interview tomorrow he will sit down with Special Report anchor Bret Baier …
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
How the New York Times and CNN try to keep up with the tech companies  —  The New York Times and CNN have both built strong online presences - through strongly contrasting technology strategies.  Senior players at both companies explain  —  “The New York Times is now as much a technology company …
Discussion: Romenesko
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Audit Bureau Revises Guidelines For Broader Inclusion Of E-Reader Newspaper, Mag Editions  —  With pre-orders for the iPad off to a fast start in preparation for the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) product's release next month, the Audit Bureau of Circulations has modified its guidelines for counting sales …
Discussion: mediaelites, Online and Guardian
Mike Fleming /
EPIX, CHARLES TARGET STEVE JOBS WITH ICON SERIES PILOT  —  EXCLUSIVE: EPIX and Media Rights Capital have made a team for iCON, a comedy series pilot that will be developed by Larry Charles, the Emmy-winning TV writer/producer, and the director of the Sacha Baron Cohen features Borat and Bruno.
Tucker Echols / bizjournals:
The Washington Post to launch business weekly  —  The Washington Post announced Monday that it will launch a subscription-only business weekly called Capital Business, beginning April 19.  —  Dan Beyers, a 20-year veteran of the Post, is the editor of the new publication.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Facebook Tops Google As Most Visited Site in the U.S.  —  Are Americans now more likely to get content from their friends than random Web sites that they wouldn't be able to find on their own? … That's one of the implications of a report out Monday by Internet research company Hitwise …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
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